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This sensual yearning for knowledge, this insatiable wanderlust, this long desire.
My travels through Asia, Europe, Australia, the Americas and other destinations around the world.

Dennis David

Australia

Sydney is a city on the water, where ferries criss-cross the harbor and its numerous bays and coves. Each cove or bay has it's own character while the water is alive with all types of watercraft. What I found especially wonderful were the many promenades that edged the various waterways including Darling Harbour.

New South Wales Rail Transport Museum
Melbourne

Sydney's two most famous landmarks are the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon. Who quit the project before its completion and was replaced by a team of architects. How close to his vision is the final structure is open to depot. What is not is that this has become one of the most famous buildings in the world.

There are beaches on three sides of Sydney with some having quite an active surfing scene like Bondi beach while others are more secluded. Surfing is a popular sport in Australia and many schools actually have surfing teams. While much has been said of the sharks that live in these waters there is on average only one person a year killed by sharks in all of Australia. In fact, you are probably more in danger of being killed by a jellyfish than a shark. Once a year the city plays host to the famous Hobart open ocean race, which last year witnessed tragedy when a storm caught the competitors unawares. The sailing ship is a copy of the H.M.S. Bounty who's history is a part of Australia's and even to this day, you'll get an argument on whether the mutiny was justified or not.

Austria

When I lived in Germany courtesy of the U.S. Army I always wanted to visit Austria but for some reason or other, I never did. Later I finally got my chance and was so struck by the country not only did I buy a timeshare but I got married there!

Red Bull Hangar 7

Red Bull Hangar 7

17 May 2015 5

Over the years I have had the pleasure of visiting a number of automobile museums in the United States and Europe, Red Bull’s Hangar 7 is unique with its fine dining and free admission.

Red Bull Hangar 7

Hallstatt

Salzkammergut

17 May 2015 5

The Salzkammergut is home to “Sommerfrische” (an old German term for summer holidays) and drizzle; it is rich in salt, lush meadows and forests, crystal-clear lakes and old traditions.

Water sports is very popular in the Salzkammergut with sixty-seven lakes to choose from.

Salzkammergut

fahr(T)raum

fahr(T)raum

8 Apr 2015 13

Fahr(T)raum is much more than a standard exhibition of historic vehicles. Located in a former shoe factory the museum is packed with various pieces of technical equipment – visitors of all ages are encouraged to take a hands-on approach to the exhibits.

fahr(T)raum

Hohenwerfen Castle

Hohenwerfen Castle

8 Apr 2015 13

Hohenwerfen Castle is a medieval rock castle, situated on a precipice overlooking the Austrian market town of Werfen in the Salzach Valley. Built by the Archbishops of Salzburg in the 11th century the castle has served Salzburg's rulers, as both a military base and a hunting retreat.

Hohenwerfen Castle

Cambodia

My first visit to Cambodia was through a tour company called Gap Adventures and with a small group of companions we entered Cambodia via Thailand. We were able to get Visas on arrival and were soon on our way to Siem Reap by mini-bus. A mostly dirt road with all sorts of vehicles. Many with just an engine, a seat for the driver and a truck bed for cargo. Nothing that would ever survive on a modern freeway but here in Cambodia it sufficed getting people from one town to the next. It was only when we were near Siem Reap did the dirt turn into pavement.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

17 May 2015 5

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and one of the largest religious monuments in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.

Angkor Wat

Siem Reap

Siem Reap

17 May 2015 5

It was not too long ago that Siem Reap was the place where you stayed, ate and grabbed a beer or two between explorations of Cambodia’s 12th-century temple complex Angkor Wat. Now the city that Angkor made is something of a destination itself, luring visitors with a lively and varied dining scene, stylish hotels, genial residents and a laid-back river town ambiance.

Siem Reap

Killing Fields

Killing Fields

8 Apr 2015 13

Over four short years, from 1975 to 1979, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge systematically exterminated up to 3 million people. The people of Cambodia had to live in fear, knowing that they might be the next one dragged out to the killing fields. The chances of being chosen were indeed high – by the end of the massacre, the Khmer Rouge had wiped out nearly 25 percent of the population.

Killing Fields

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

8 Apr 2015 13

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is a city in transition still with great charm, broad tree-lined boulevards and dotted with old colonial villas. Situated at the confluence of three rivers it’s difficult to believe that a generation ago it was forcibly evacuated and left to ruin by the Khmer Rouge.

Phnom Penh

Canada

Surprisingly though Canada is just North of the border, outside of work I’ve been to Asia and Europe more often. My last trip was during a tour that we took after a singing performance that my wife was involved in. We definitely need to take another road trip there in the near future.

The museum is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. In addition to housing one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs, the Museum offers a wide variety of creative, fun, and educational programs that bring the prehistoric past to life.

Royal Tyrrell Museum

China

It certainly helps to visit China when your wife is Chinese. Most of our recent experience has been in the Chinese countryside visiting with various minority people. China is also a land of spectacular landscapes though I gravitate more to the architecture of ancient towns that are fast disappearing. Though the domestic tourists in China seem more than comfortable in large tour groups we prefer private guides when possible.

Basha Miao

Miao Ethnic Group

17 May 2015 5

The Miao are an ethnic group belonging to Southern China, and is recognized by the government of China as one of the 55 official minority groups. Miao is a Chinese term and includes the Hmong, Hmu, Xong, and A-Hmao. The Miao trace their roots to the Yellow River Valley.

Miao Ethnic Group

Gubei Water Town

Gubei Water Town

17 May 2015 5

Situated in Miyun County, Gubei Water Town surrounds the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir and leans against the Simatai Great Wall, the most dangerous and majestic section of the entire Great Wall.

Gubei Water Town

Guizhou Province

Guizhou Province

17 May 2015 5

Guizhou is a mountainous province in southwest China. It's known for its traditional rural villages, inhabited by minority groups like the Miao and Dong. Its capital and largest city is Guiyang.

Guizhou Province

Shanghai

Shanghai

17 May 2015 5

Shanghai, Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China.

Shanghai

Anhui Province

Anhui Province

17 May 2015 5

Anhui, with a population of over 59 million, is an inland province in Southeast China. It stretches over the Yangtze River and Huai River, and is adjacent to six provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei, Henan and Shandong. Hefei City, the capital of Anhui Province, has many attractions as a result of its 2,000 years of history.

Anhui Province

Pingyao

Pingyao

8 Apr 2015 13

Pingyao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city, founded in the 14th century. Its urban fabric shows the evolution of architectural styles and town planning in Imperial China over five centuries and is home to the earliest bank in China (Rishengchang).

Pingyao

Daxu Ancient Town

Guangxi Autonomous Region

8 Apr 2015 13

In the Guangxi Autonomous Region flows the Li River, also called Lijiang which winds its way south for about 437 km. it's a famous tourist destination for mainland Chinese and is featured on the 20 Yuan note.

Guangxi Autonomous Region

The Yaodong of Bai She Village

Shaanxi Province

8 Apr 2015 13

Shaanxi is a northwestern Chinese province whose ancient capital, Xi’an, was a starting point for the Silk Road. Xi’an is home to the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, an archaeological site containing thousands of clay soldiers called the Terracotta Army.

Shaanxi Province

Nanjing

Jiangsu Province

17 May 2015 5

Jiangsu, a fertile 'land of fish and rice' since ancient times, is a province with a long history, abundant highlights and relatively developed economy.

Nanjing, literally 'Southern Capital' is the capital of Jiangsu Province, lying on the lower stretches of the Yangzi River. It boasts a rich and impressive historical heritage as the nation’s capital during its Ming dynasty.

Jiangsu Province

Zhejiang Province

Zhejiang Province

17 May 2015 5

Zhejiang Province is on the coast of the East China Sea in central China. Its capital city is Hangzhou. Starting north and working around counter-clockwise, Zhejiang is bordered by Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu, Anhui and Fujian Provinces.

Zhejiang Province

Croatia

For our Croatian day trip, we drove down from Trieste, Italy not knowing what to expect having never been to Croatia before. The drive proved uneventful and we were met by the beautiful countryside. Istria, formerly Histria is the largest peninsula bordering the Adriatic Sea. The peninsula's bucolic interior of rolling hills and fertile plains attract food and culture focused visitors to Istria's hilltop villages, rural hotels, and farmhouse restaurants. We would be some of those visitors.

Grožnjan & Motovun

Grožnjan & Motovun

17 May 2015 5

The hilltop towns of Istria, the heart of truffle country are some of the most beautiful towns in Croatia. There are a number of them, with the largest and most visited being Motovun and Grožnjan.

Grožnjan & Motovun

Rovinj

Rovinj

8 Apr 2015 13

Surrounded on three sides by the sparkling Adriatic, the Croatian seaside resort of Rovinj is one of those rare, uncrowded European cities. In Rovinj’s old city, centuries-old stone and stucco buildings rise four and five stories tall over a web of steep cobbled streets. Galleries and restaurants are sprinkled here and there, particularly along the sunny southern edge.

Rovinj

Czech Republic

I had originally planned to get married in the Czech Republic instead of Austria but the logistics at the time proved too difficult so the republic had to recede in my consciousness never to fully leave. In 2019 the opportunity finally arrived and after flying to Munich we left from there on a wonderful three-week road trip through Bohemia and Moravia.

Karlovy Vary

Bohemia

17 May 2015 5

Bohemia is a historical country of central Europe that was a kingdom in the Holy Roman Empire and subsequently a province in the Habsburgs’ Austrian Empire. Bohemia was bounded on the south by Austria, on the west by Bavaria, on the north by Saxony and Lusatia, on the northeast by Silesia, and on the east by Moravia.

Bohemia’s name comes from a Celtic people known as the Boii, though the Slavic Czechs were firmly established in the region by the 5th or 6th century.

Bohemia

Český Krumlov

Český Krumlov

17 May 2015 5

The southwestern city of Cesky Krumlov is one of the Czech Republic’s finest medieval sites. Its Old Town a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, a maze of twisting alleys built around the extensive Cesky Krumlov castle.

Český Krumlov

National Technical Museum

National Technical Museum

17 May 2015 5

National Technical Museum in Prague was established in 1908. For over a hundred years extensive collections have been assembled here documenting the development of many technical fields, of the natural and exact sciences, and of industry in the territory of today’s Czech Republic.

National Technical Museum

Broumov & Adršpach

Broumov & Adršpach

8 Apr 2015 13

A natural center of the Broumov area is the town of Broumov which features the Benedictine Broumov Monastery whose current high Baroque design is the work of the architect Kilián Ignác Dintzenhofer. Nearby Adrspach-Teplice Rocks is made of huge rock formations that take the shape of pillars, columns, walls, and labyrinths.

Broumov & Adršpach

Moravia

Moravia

8 Apr 2015 13

Moravia, traditional region in central Europe that served as the centre of a major medieval kingdom, known as Great Moravia, before it was incorporated into the kingdom of Bohemia in the 11th century. In the 20th century Moravia became part of the modern state of Czechoslovakia and subsequently of the Czech Republic.

Moravia

Prague

Prague

8 Apr 2015 13

Lying at the heart of Europe, Prague is one of the continent’s finest cities and the major Czech economic and cultural centre. The city has a rich architectural heritage that reflects both the uncertain currents of history in Bohemia and an urban life extending back more than 1,000 years.

Prague

England

I used to visit England on a regular basis, especially when I was stationed in Germany but I have not been there in over a decade and I don’t see that ending soon. I will never forget the time I traveled through the country visiting various heritage railroads or the New Years spent in London.

National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

17 May 2015 5

The National Railway Museum in York is the largest railway museum in the world, attracting almost 1 million visitors per year. The museum includes hundreds of locomotives of every sort, spanning more than 300 years of British railway history.

National Railway Museum

York

York

8 Apr 2015 13

York is a historic walled city at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England, and is the traditional county town of Yorkshire to which it gives its name. The city has provided the backdrop to major political events in England throughout much of its two millennia of existence.

York

Germany

I had the pleasure of living in Germany, West Germany at the time courtesy of the United States Army from 1972 through 1976. I’ve never lost my love for that beautiful country and would go back every year if the opportunity made itself available. In fact, I’ve always dreamed of living there permanently, just across the border from Salzburg, in the Berchtesgaden area.

Bamberg

Bamberg

17 May 2015 5

Bamberg a town in northern Bavaria is laid out over 7 hills where the Regnitz and Main rivers meet. Its old town has structures from the 11th to 19th centuries including the muraled Altes Rathaus (town hall), which occupies an island in the Regnitz reached by arched bridges.

Bamberg

Dresden

Dresden

17 May 2015 5

Situated in Miyun County, Gubei Water Town surrounds the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir and leans against the Simatai Great Wall, the most dangerous and majestic section of the entire Great Wall.

Dresden

Traumwerk

Traumwerk

17 May 2015 5

The name fahr(T)raum pays homage to Ferdinand Porsche, the pioneer of the Austrian automotive industry. Located in a former shoe factory the museum is packed with various pieces of technical equipment – visitors of all ages are encouraged to take a hands-on approach to the exhibits. In addition to historic racing cars, automobiles and tractors, the exhibition also includes a Carrera slot car track.

Traumwerk

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

8 Apr 2015 13

Although there had been settlements in the area and in the neighbouring Tauber valley for many centuries before, the official history of Rothenburg is generally thought to date from the 10th century with the construction of a castle in an easily-defensible position above the River Tauber.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

57th International Toy Fair

57th International Toy Fair

8 Apr 2015 13

The International Toy Fair is the world's number one for toys, creative hobbies and leisure time products. All the market leaders will be attending again, and toy industry professionals worldwide will meet up in Nuremberg.

57th International Toy Fair

Zittauer Schmalspurbahn

Zittauer Schmalspurbahn

8 Apr 2015 13

Using standard steam locomotives or Einheitslokomotiven Class Altbau- VII K, the Zittauer offers simultaneous departures from Bertsdorf station daily in the high season in collaboration with the Sächsisch-Oberlausitzer Eisenbahngesellschaft or SOEG.

Zittauer Schmalspurbahn